Saturday, 5 July 2014

Thailand's domestic ivory market trebles in 18 months

Bangkok’s domestic ivory market has almost trebled over the past 18 months and there has been a steep rise in the number of outlets selling ivory.

TRAFFIC’s investigation found that the number of worked ivory products for sale rose from 5,865 in January 2013 to 14,512 by May 2104, while between January and December 2013, the number of ivory retail outlets in Bangkok rose from 61 to 105. 

Their report, Polishing off the ivory: Surveys of Thailand’s ivory market, provides evidence that the quantity of ivory found far exceeds the limited supply available under current Thai legislation.

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